Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A spot in the Champions League final will be at stake when Manchester City and Real Madrid go head to head at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Citizens moved one step closer to defending their Premier League trophy thanks to a 3-0 win over Everton and they are seen as favourites to make it to the CL final as well. A man to watch in the home team will be Erling Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun this season, while both Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva should be recalled to the starting XI.
Los Blancos, on the other hand, produced a fine display in a 1-1 draw with Man City a week ago, but seeing that Pep Guardiola's troops have turned their Etihad Stadium into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. All Karim Benzema, Rodrygo, and David Alaba missed the 1-0 win over Getafe with injuries, but they should be fit for the Champions League clash. Towering centre-back Eder Militao returns from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Ilkay Gundogan):
Ilkay Gundogan is a German footballer of Turkish origin who made a name for himself playing for Borussia Dortmund. The skilful midfielder began his professional career at VFL Bochum, but it was at Nurnberg that he was given the opportunity to prove his undoubted potential. He needed just two years to make Germany’s top clubs stand up and take notice and the Millionaires secured his signature for mere €4 million.
That would prove to be a great investment as Gundogan quickly slotted straight into the starting line-up and became a playmaker in the side led by Jurgen Klopp and later Thomas Tuchel. The midfield maestro kept being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, but he resisted temptation to leave Borussia Dortmund, winning one Bundesliga trophy with the club and making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup finals through injury, but there is still time for the BVB star to make things right and lift a major international trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).